Ten more Zika cases in Ra­jasthan; WHO team set to ar­rive

Sunday Express - - INDIA - RA­JESH ASNANI

TEN new Zika virus cases were de­tected in Jaipur on Satur­day, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber to 50. De­spite the ef­forts of the state health depart­ment, the sit­u­a­tion is be­com­ing worse. While the rest of the coun­try has had only four Zika cases, Jaipur has had more than ten times that many cases. Ra­jasthan al­ready had the high­est num­ber of swine flu cases in the coun­try, and the Zika virus has be­come a new chal­lenge for the state govern­ment, with the state ma­chin­ery seem­ingly help­less in con­trol­ling its spread.

Preg­nant women have been ad­vised to get them­selves tested, and 160 preg­nant women have been scanned for the virus. Oth­ers who are out­side the city cur­rently have been ad­vised to stay away for some time. Veenu Gupta, ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary of the health depart­ment, vis­ited the Shas­tri Na­gar area, the epi­cen­tre of the Zika out­break in the state cap­i­tal, and ap­pealed to stu­dents to stay in hos­tels.

Doc­tors have had their hol­i­days cut short due to the in­creas­ing num­ber of Zika cases. The govern­ment said that out of the 50 cases, 35 pa­tients were

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.